Zwift Classics 2020 Announced

Zwift Classics 2020 Announced

The Zwift Classics race series debuted in July 2019 as a simple set of monthly invitational races for 5-member men and women’s teams. Zwift has just announced the Classics series for 2020, and it has expanded in scope to include the entire racing community in the fun.

These races are sure to be hugely popular – here are the details!

Race Format

Similar to what we’ve seen with Tour de Zwift and Tour of Watopia, a Pro/Am Invitational race will be held (and live-streamed) the day before each race opens up to the full Zwift community. Watch how the world’s top Zwift racers take on the course, then tackle it yourself!

Each Pro-Am race will feature different race challenges ranging from scratch race format to team points races to individual points races. Teams lined up to race include SEG Racing, Ribble-Weldtite, Hagens Berman Axeon, NTT, Canyon-dhb, Canyon/SRAM and TWENTY20.

Race Categories

Women can join the women’s only races, or hop into the mixed race. Be sure to enter the correct category for your abilities! Here are the FTP watts per kilo breakpoints for each category:

Mixed (Men & Women) Race Categories

  • A: 4+ w/kg
  • B: 3.2-3.99 w/kg
  • C: 2.5-3.19 w/kg
  • D: 1-2.49 w/kg

Women’s Race Categories

  • A: 3.8+ w/kg
  • B: 3.2-3.79 w/kg
  • C: 2.5-3.19 w/kg
  • D: 1-2.49 w/kg

Race Results on ZwiftPower

Final race results for this series will be managed by ZwiftPower, meaning those riding below their proper category will be removed from race results.

If you aren’t already signed up for ZwiftPower – why aren’t you? It’s where all the final race results live for Zwift racing. Get to it!

See the “Getting Set up” portion of our “How to Race on Zwift” post for details on getting set up on ZwiftPower.

Race PowerUps

All five race-specific PowerUps will be enabled. Use them wisely to conserve energy and boost your attacks!

Read PowerUps in Zwift: Advanced Usage Tips >

Event Schedule

Community races are scheduled hourly for four days apiece, starting at 30 minutes past the hour.

Yorkshire Grand Prix

Route: Yorkshire 2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate Circuit, 1 lap
Distance: 13.8km (8.6 miles), Elevation Gain: 240m (787′)
Pro-Am Race (Women): April 5 at 7pm BST – watch on YouTube
Community Races: April 6-9 – see schedule on ZwiftHacks

London International

Route: London Loop, 1 lap
Distance: 14.9 km (9.2 miles), Elevation Gain: 220m (722′)
Pro-Am Race (Men): April 9 at 7pm BST – watch on YouTube
Community Races: April 10-13

Trofeo Bologna

Route: Bologna TT, 1 lap (pen to KOM finish)
Distance: 8km (5 miles), Elevation Gain: 230m (757′)
Pro-Am Race (Women): April 13 at 7pm BST – watch on YouTube
Community Races: April 14-17

Richmond Challenge

Route: Richmond 2015 UCI Worlds, 1 lap
Distance: 16.3km (10.1 miles), Elevation Gain: 142m (467′)
Pro-Am Race (Men): April 17 at 7pm BST – watch on YouTube
Community Races: April 18-21

Watopia Cup

Route: Jungle Circuit, 2 laps
Distance: 21.4km (13.3 miles), Elevation Gain: 167m (548′)
Pro-Am Race (Women): April 21 at 7pm BST – watch on YouTube
Community Races: April 22-25

Crit City Slam

Route: Downtown Dolphin, 8 laps
Distance: 15.5km (9.6 miles), Elevation Gain: 64m (209′)
Pro-Am Race (Men): April 25 at 7pm BST – watch on YouTube
Community Races: April 26-29

See all the event details at zwift.com/events/series/zwift-classics >

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Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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James roberts
James roberts
1 year ago

Do we unlock new jerseys for the events

Rick
Rick (@rwenger)
1 year ago

How is this any different than the tour de zwift? Zwift needs to think outside the box a little on what they are offering, it feels like the same thing over and over. I love the Houte Route thing happening – a 3 stage challenge across three straight days. Maybe do an Omnium. Try something different.

Michael Wagner
Michael Wagner
1 year ago

I just want longer stages like the Fonda’s used to be. 50+ miles. I feel like every year the event distances get shorter.

Toby
Toby (@tobias-schmitt)
1 year ago

Will there be leaderboards on ZwiftPower for this event? Or just single races?

Matt whitwell
Matt whitwell
1 year ago
Reply to  Toby

There is a league on zwiftpower. I agree events short in isolation but the GC league looks like a good addition. Check out the league section on zwiftpower

Matt whitwell
Matt whitwell
1 year ago

Hi series looks great. Interesting that zwiftpower have a GC league set up which will make the amateur racing very interesting. Not sure what’s right / wrong but the courses and distances listed in the article are different to zwift announcement. Eg Bologna is 2 laps vs 1 on article and crit race 10 laps but 8 in article?

Jasper Verduyn
Jasper Verduyn
1 year ago

Any make-up days?

James Hall
James Hall
1 year ago

Does anyone know if the upcoming Bologna event Is run as a TT or group race?

Tofu Smuggler
Tofu Smuggler (@schuultzie51)
1 year ago

Hey Eric, Have you seen the Richmond event postings? Looks like a group ride format to me with Cats used for 1, 2, or 3 laps. Is this an error by Zwift? Thought this was a race series with rankings for all racers INCLUDING D and Women’s only events.

This is a curveball for me, as I’ve been running an unofficial point series with 80+ local club riders off of these races. This group/lap style format is not what I was expecting…

Thanks!

Leroy
Leroy
1 year ago
Reply to  Tofu Smuggler

Yes, it appears they have changed the format for the final 3 classics and state “Choose a group based on the distance you want to ride. All groups will be the same open pace, only the distance is different.”

Not sure how much this will affect the race experience with an open field.

Interesting to note that event numbers (per zwiftpower events page) are very low versus what they’ve been for the first 3 classics races.

Remco
Remco
1 year ago
Reply to  Leroy

I noticed this as well. I don’t mind group rides at all, but I like the races a lot. It’s a shame that Zwift has changed the rules for these last three events in this series.

Marcus Walsch
Marcus Walsch
1 year ago
Reply to  Remco

I’m really gutted to read this as I didn’t notice the change, and spent two days checking Zwiftpower results after the Watopia Cup to see where I “really” finished. I bet they changed it because Zwiftpower doesn’t have the capacity to go through all the results.

I was looking forward to doing a C race in Crit City later today but this news has really put me off.

Ann
Ann
1 year ago

Hi i did the TT bologna in W/dgrade when fin got WKG?? am i DQ’d??

Anna
Anna
1 year ago

How do you find the results of the Pro am women’s series?

William Lowth
William Lowth (@williamlowth10)
1 year ago

Hiya
How does the leagues work on zwiftpower… i am pretty new to all this and i wonder why it says that i am leading in c even though i havent raced the richmond race in C?? I hope somebody can help!

Matteo Manfio
Matteo Manfio
1 year ago

What about make up days? Will it be possible?

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